By EMMA HALL, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 30 June 2000 12:00AM
Jeffrey Merrihue, the European regional director and UK chief
executive of Initiative Media, is understood to be moving over to head a
new consultancy division, announced by him in April. A replacement for
Merrihue is expected to be announced next week amid a global
Mike Drexler, the executive vice-president and worldwide media director
of the True North-owned FCB Worldwide, is retiring. Scot Butler, the
media director of FCB Chicago, will step up to fill his shoes, taking on
the additional title of president of TN Media.
Bartle Bogle Hegarty has appointed its first operations director to
co-ordinate its digital technology services and ensure it operates cost
effectively. The role is being filled by Joe Da Silva, a board director
for the past three of his ten years at the agency, who has also been the
head of print production.
Booth Lockett Makin has formed a management company, BLM Group, to
incorporate the agency’s various communications services. BLM Group will
be managed by the three managing partners, Steve Booth, Nick Lockett and
Charlie Makin, and will include the original media independent BLM Media
as well as CBLM Media, the Eurolab network, Quantum New Media Services,
the Leap Communications consultancy and Thomas Cook @the hub, a joint
venture with TBWA.
Jody Burrows, the deputy head of TV at St Luke’s, has left the agency to
join Godman as a producer for the director Selby. Selby’s recent work
includes a recent Audi campaign for Bartle Bogle Hegarty and spots for
the London mayoral elections. His next work will be for BMW.
Helen Stables, the publisher of Woman, Woman’s Own and Now magazines,
has left IPC Media for GE Magazines. Stables takes up a position as the
publisher of Inspirations for your Home and Garden Inspirations.
Farm has recruited Gary O’Donnell from Partners BDDH to run its Co-op
bank Smile account. O’Donnell, who was the account director on
Mercedes-Benz and Yell, started his career as the brand manager of
Beck’s Bier at Scottish Courage.
Banks Hoggins O’Shea/FCB is bolstering its creative department with the
hiring of two senior teams. Noel Hasson and John Cooke are joining from
CDP, where they are known for their radio ads for Hamlet. With them come
Graham Pugh and Chris Walker, whose most recent work was the Brook
Street poster campaign for Team Saatchi.
The Artists Company has poached Jason Smith - who has directed
commercials for Nike and Sony PlayStation - from Spectre. Smith joins
Joakim Sandstrom, who was included in this year’s Saatchi & Saatchi New
Directors Showcase, among the directors on the production company’s
The National Magazine Company has hired the Country Living publisher
Chris Hughes as the publisher of the Good Housekeeping group. Hughes
will oversee a growing number of Good Housekeeping brand extensions,
including Good Housekeeping Having a Baby and Good Housekeeping Buy the
The Dutch sound design company Soundscape is launching in the UK this
month. The company has produced several campaigns for Nike worldwide and
is headed by the award-winning sound designer Hans Bos.
Basil Johnson, believed to be the IPA’s oldest surviving former
employee, has died at the age of 94 at his home in Berkshire. He spent
almost 20 years overseeing the trade body’s records and historical
material and was still working part-time until ten years ago.
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